Muffin top. Love handles. The slang makes it sound oh so adorable. But if you’re like most women over 40, this overspill of flesh is anything but that. In fact, belly fat ranks as your number-one biggest body complaint. Beyond making you cringe when you look in the mirror, belly fat is even more frightening on the inside, increasing your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Unfortunately, belly fat simply expands as we age. This is tied to an increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Combined with other hormonal factors such as low androgens, fat cells become inflamed and tissues expand to create fat where you want it least – around your middle. Called omentum, this blubbery tissue pumps out chemicals that keep you fat, creating a vicious cycle and potential health issues you can’t hide from, even with an oversized shirt.
To conquer your over-40 belly once and for all, follow Dr. Oz’s easy 5-step plan:
1. Eat in Reverse
How would you like to blast off belly fat by eating spaghetti for breakfast? You can! As a general rule of thumb, eat carb-heavy meals early in the day so they get burned off rather than stored as belly fat. At dinnertime, do the opposite: Focus on eating lighter, mostly protein-based meals.
On Sunday, make up a tray of Dr. Oz’s Fat-Burner Noodle Pudding and eat it for breakfast throughout the week.
Fat-Burner Noodle Pudding
8 cups cooked whole wheat fettuccini or macaroni (high in fiber)
4 cups low-fat Greek yogurt (calcium blocks fat from being absorbed)
3 eggs (vitamin B12 metabolizes fat)
4 teaspoons cinnamon (boosts your metabolism)
1 cup mixed dried fruit (adds fiber and sweetness)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (for even more flavor)
Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.